Five tips to get application ready in 2020

There’s nothing as motivating as a deadline and the 2020 Call deadlines are now approaching. Here’s five tips to help you get application ready.

1. Priorities and criteria

The applications that score highest are well prepared, well justified and clearly aligned with Key Action priority areas. If you are unsure of the priority areas for your sector and Key Action, take a look at the 2020 Programme Guide.

Give yourself enough time to fully develop your project idea and prepare for all eventualities. We recommend you take a close look at the award criteria to ensure your application meets and provides adequate detail for each element.

Pay particular attention to impact and dissemination as this is the section where projects often score lowest. Using tools such as the Impact+ Exercise before you apply can also help you think about your intended impact and how best to measure it. Take a look at the manage your grant section of our website to find information on impact and evaluation, promotion and dissemination, and IT tools.

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2. Make the most of our application support resources

The National Agency provides a range of tools and resources to support you in your application. To start, we recommend you watch a recorded tutorial or attend a live webinar which takes you through the application form step-by-step.

You can also find sector-specific guidance notes which cover planning, before you apply, completing your application and further information and support. For some sectors and Key Actions, you can book a one-to-one telephone support call and speak to a member of the National Agency team. You can find all the available resources on the Application resources webpage.

3. Beware of changes

Make sure you take note of anything that may have changed in the application process. One major change to consider for 2020 is that there is a new Organisation Registration System, which replaces the Participant Portal.

Applied before? If you have had any staff changes, be sure that you still have access to everything you will need to submit an application and, in particular, that you are aware of your organisation’s EU Login details. As EU Login is managed by the European Commission and not the National Agency, requests have to be sent to the European Commission’s IT service. After application deadlines, these requests are especially high and the processing time for them to send you new login details might delay the processing of your application.

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4. Speak to other beneficiaries

New to Erasmus+? Our beneficiaries are the real experts in the process. You can use the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform to find Erasmus+ beneficiaries in your local area, your sector or those with projects on your topic. Speaking to other beneficiaries is a great way to get to know more about the process, from application stage to reporting. They can often provide you with great insider tips and tricks! 

You can also take a look at our funded project lists to find out who has been funded each year and for each Key Action.

5. Take advantage of support from the UK National Agency

We're here to help! Engaging with the Erasmus+ networks and initiatives, keeping up to date via social media and subscribing to our newsletter are all great ways to find additional support. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries along your Erasmus+ journey.

Ready to apply? Visit our application resources page for guidance and to access the application forms.